Special Year-End Note on Charitable Giving

Living in our over-taxed society (now with a top marginal Federal income tax rate of 39.6%), it is important to remember that December 31st is the last day to make charitable contributions for Tax Year 2014. Please give generously to the worthy charities of your choice. We may be biased, but we have some suggested charities linked at our Charity static page. Thanks, and May God Bless You, in the New Year. – The SurvivalBlog Staff.

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Notes for Wednesday – December 31, 2014

Yesterday (December 30, 2014) was Book Bomb Day for Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own. Because of the strong ordering on Amazon.com yesterday and today, it pushed the price of the book down to just $11.84 USD (a 34% discount), even for folks who pre-ordered. When I last checked, the book was ranked at #64 overall on Amazon.com! (Getting into Amazon’s Top 100 in overall book sales is difficult for a non-fiction book, because it competes with the many popular fiction titles.) Thanks for making the book launch such a great success. If you want to order a copy, I recommend that you do so soon–before the price reverts to somewhere above $12.50 per copy. For any of you who have already read it, your brief honest reviews on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. (There have been two 1-star reviews by trolls who obviously hadn’t read the book.) o o o December 31st is the birthday of Dr. Cynthia Koelker, SurvivalBlog’s Medical Editor. It is also the birthday of Frederick Selous (born 1851, died 4 January 1917.) o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 56 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing … Continue reading

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Prepper Digital Security, by A.B.

In this day and age of digital information, our communications and data are open to a world of invasive agencies. Some of these agencies may be your nosy neighbor out to see what you are up to or an activist group gathering unguarded data to send to agencies of various domestic and foreign governments. Many of us in the prepper community have taken some measures of security to safeguard our data. Some people avoid the digital world altogether to dodge this issue, though not all of us are willing to go to that level of abandonment of technology. There are many benefits to using digital technology to assist in preparing for the future. I am not going to go into heavy technical detail about every aspect of digital security. However, I am going to describe what is called defense in depth, which is both a military term and a cyber security term, and then touch upon a way to utilize a key generator. If there is enough interest, I can definitely write up instructions on how to install /setup the programs and procedures I will be discussing. Many of us have taken the threat of our email being read in … Continue reading

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Letter Re: New Kind of Bucket List

HJL, I would like to add to the article of the “New Kind of Bucket List“. When stacking buckets I use 1/4″ thick plywood squares a little bit bigger than a 5 gal. bucket about 13″x13”, this way any size bucket can stack. It helps prevent cracking on the inner part of a llid. I also being older and having weenie upper body strength, have been sealing dry goods in smaller sizes and placing in smaller buckets. One little bucket can have a variety of 1,2, or 3 pound bags of food rather than a 40 pound of only one thing in a larger bucket. – DCN

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment (If They Are Ignorant Of The Law). – B.B. o o o ARPA’s Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Enter Houses o o o Young people are ‘lost generation’ who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor. – G.G. o o o It’s an old one, but one worth reviewing. Video: Liquor Store Clerk Iraq Veteran Turns Tables On Would Be Robber. – T.P.

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Notes for Tuesday – December 30, 2014

Today (December 30, 2014) is Book Bomb Day for Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own For those of you who have been waiting, please go ahead and order your copies today. Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own. This paperback book is a guide to the selection, use, and care of tools. It is already also available as an e-book and audiobook. The paperbacks are packaged in cases of 16 copies by the publisher, for those who want to order in bulk. When I last checked, the book was ranked at #64 overall on Amazon.com. I’m hoping that even though it is a nonfiction title, it will make it into their Top 50. -JWR o o o December 30, 1865 was the birthday of Rudyard Kipling. I should mention that his writings about Afghanistan have sparked a modern-day revival of interest in Kipling among British, Australian, and American officers and NCOs deployed to Afghanistan. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 56 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day … Continue reading

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“Wild” Gifts For Children’s Survival, by Linda Runyon

Childhood these days is a lot different experience than when I was that young. I have photographs of me, as a baby, sitting on a blanket outside our home and looking at the weeds and grass around me. Even then I was fascinated with wild growing plants, and that was the foundation of my lifelong affinity for wild food survival. These days it seems that childhood is an ongoing assault on the senses, from TV to constant, loud music to vaccination needles that contain mercury, and on into school, where there’s the confusion of ill-advised curricula that discourages actual learning. It’s no wonder that an ever-increasing number of conscientious parents are opting out of that. The number of parents who choose to homeschool their children has been steadily increasing over the last 13 years, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association– an organization dedicated to helping homeschooling parents deal with an intrusive government. The primary reason that parents choose that route is because they know that every child is an individual and therefore has distinct needs, aspirations, desires, and skills. Also, a homeschool environment allows the parent to choose and implement with their children’s basic survival skills that will … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Water Well

Hugh and JWR, I want to comment on the topic of well pumps. I also had some issues finding answers to questions regarding the subject. The Internet, YouTube, and my closest library (second largest in the state) didn’t have all the answers I needed. I was able to find out some information from a third generation well driller and by driving an hour away to speak with an Amish man that deals with windmills and water pumps. Here are a couple of things I learned along the way that might help your readers: Tip # 1- You need a deep well pump if your water is over 25 ft down. The old way of connecting the pump body to the pump cylinder was threaded galvanized steel pipe. This gets very HEAVY very quick. With the first well I only needed 60 feet of pipe to make it 15 feet below my static water level. It took my dad, two neighbors, and I everything we had to lower and pull it out of the ground. That was the last time I used the galvanized pipe. I bought threaded PVC from a well guy and haven’t looked back. Sure, the galvanized pipe … Continue reading

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